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Double heartbreak for Year 11 teams

posted 2 Dec 2013, 02:22 by Web Admin
Reports by Mr Costello


I'm not quite sure what we have done to anger the gods of sport. Perhaps I trod on a toe or two in a former incarnation but our results over the last two evenings have been a little hard to take. Is it that they are evening the score on account of my charming demeanour and lightning wit or just rotten luck?

Either way, Year 11 teams have endured heartbreaking losses via two of the most dreaded events in sport. The penalty shootout and overtime. Both to Teddington.

First on Wednesday 20 November it was the eagerly awaited Year 11 Borough Football Grand Final. RPA started favourites, having beaten the same opposition 3-0 earlier in the season, but inexplicably began the game slowly. The usual bite and closing down in midfield gave way to a listless opening in which Teddington bossed possession. That said, Kallum had little to do in goal before Teddington hit the post on 20 minutes. Rather than heeding the early warning, RPA got frustrated with each other and went a goal down after Kallum had made a good save low to his right. This seemed to finally light the RPA fire and they made an immediate riposte, seemingly drawing level until they were thwarted by the linesman's offside flag. They again sprang to life to equalise legitimately two minutes later with a deflected finish from Rasharn.

The second half was a very tight affair in which both sides created some half chances but neither could capitalise. RPA threatened sporadically and defended resolutely but in truth they never really hit their stride or played to their full potential with Teddington shading the contest. The full time whistle blew, bringing about the lottery that is penalties. William bravely stepped up to take the first after Teddington had confidently dispatched theirs, and had a decent spot kick well saved. Teddington scored again to make it two out of two when George couldn't slot the ball past the 'keeper. Billy did his bit, taking an excellent penalty but it was too little, too late as Teddington scored again to win 3-1 on penalties.

Team: Kallum, Jamie, Fred, Billy, Freddie, William, Alex, Mason, George, Craig, Leo, Ariwan, Wahlid


The basketball team had the chance to make amends on Thursday 21 November as Teddington travelled over for a rematch of last week's tournament thriller which RPA won 13-12. RPA started the stronger and it was again obvious that Teddington were a one man band. But what a band he turned out to be! RPA led at the end of the first, second and third quarters through excellent team defence and some efficient offence stemming from great ball movement off the dribble drive. RPA punished Teddington in transition and looked poised to take the match which could decide the league. With an 8-point RPA lead at the start of the 4th, Teddington's star player (Number 1) took the game over. He immediately hit a deep 3 and 2 toughly contested driving layups to cut the lead. RPA responded with baskets by Axel and Billy to restore the lead. Number 1 continued to attack the rim and RPA's tired legs (after an amazing defensive effort throughout) conceded some cheap fouls which were to become crucial in the dying stages. RPA turned the ball over four times in the final two minutes and the lead was cut to one with Number 1 on the free throw line (where he hadn't missed all night- or ever as far as I knew) and less than 20 second left. Unbelievably, he missed one of the free throws to tie the game at 34. RPA took the final shot but it rimmed out, sending the game to overtime.

Number 1 dominated in the overtime period, scoring 3 "and 1s" (where you score a basket whilst being fouled and get an extra shot) to ice the game 43-35. He scored 38 points (you do the maths...) and RPA actually defended him brilliantly, especially Emre (next time we need to force him right as well as double-teaming him throughout). Man- what can you say? The team were dejected at the final buzzer, and felt that they'd let the game slip through their grasp. I agreed, but was very proud of their performance. At least Number 1 was an excellent sport and a genuinely nice lad! 

Team- Axel, Craig, Billy, Moses, Rasharn, Dapo, Vadim, Nish, Emre Thanks to Courteney and Alam for running the bench!